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Eating less meat may help lower cardiovascular risk

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Eating less meat could have benefits for the heart, research has found. Sergey Narevskih/Stocksy
  • Changing dietary habits and increasing physical activity levels can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life.
  • Plant-based diets have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease than an omnivorous diet rich in meats and processed meats.
  • A new observational study suggests that a flexitarian diet — involving limiting the intake of meat instead of its complete exclusion — was associated with lower cardiovascular risk than an omnivorous diet.
  • The study underscores the benefits of increasing the consumption of plant-based foods in lieu of meat for improving cardiovascular health, but larger studies are needed to confirm these results.

Reducing the consumption of meat has been gaining popularity due to the potential health benefits and smaller environmental footprint. While studies have supported the beneficial effects of a plant-based diet

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Evidence-based healthy eating patterns to try for the rest of this year: Michael Macknin

CLEVELAND – By this time, many people may be frustrated trying to keep their New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. Understanding scientifically proven principles that can easily be self-adapted to most healthy eating patterns, such as the Mediterranean, DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), and Vegetarian Diets, can help you customize your healthy eating pattern to one you will enjoy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has their “Dietary Recommendations for Americans” on MyPlate.gov. “The Nutrition Source” from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health discusses the similarities and differences between Harvard’s “Healthy Eating Plate” and the “USDA’s MyPlate.” Only the Heathy Eating Plate is “based exclusively on the best available science, and was not subjected to political or commercial pressures from food industry lobbyists.”

MyPlate, probably at least in part due to dairy industry lobbying, still focuses on dairy as the primary beverage and an important source of

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